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  • Deborah Butterfield

    The Oakland Museum

    Despite confining her subject matter throughout the past decade to horses and related material, Deborah Butterfield has continued to expand her sculpture in both its formal and its expressive aspects. After her graduate studies in ceramic sculpture at the University of California at Davis in the early ’70s she made elaborate ceramic saddles, and subsequently constructed horses out of chicken wire and steel armatures covered by plaster or paper, or by mud, branches, weeds, and other indigenous rural elements. Over the decade these works evolved from smoothly realistic forms to more roughly abstract

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